By James A. Ford, R. Lee Lyman, Professor Michael J. O'Brien, Gordon Willey
A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication
This selection of Ford's works makes a speciality of the advance of ceramic chronology—a key device in Americanist archaeology.
When James Ford begun archaeological fieldwork in 1927, students divided time easily into prehistory and background. although definitely prompted by way of his colleagues, Ford committed his existence to constructing a chronology for prehistory in response to ceramic forms, and this day he merits credits for bringing chronological order to the monstrous archaeological checklist of the Mississippi Valley.
This booklet collects Ford's seminal writings exhibiting the significance of pottery kinds in relationship websites, inhabitants pursuits, and cultures. those works outlined the improvement of ceramic chronology that culminated within the significant quantity Archaeological Survey within the decrease Mississippi Alluvial Valley, 1940-1947, which Ford wrote with Philip Phillips and James B. Griffin. as well as Ford's early writings, the gathering comprises articles written with Griffin and Gordon Willey, in addition to different key papers by way of Henry Collins and Fred Kniffen.
Editors Michael O'Brien and Lee Lyman have written an advent that units the degree for every bankruptcy and offers a cohesive framework from which to ascertain Ford's rules. A foreword by way of Willey, himself a player during this chronology improvement, seems to be again at the foundation of that approach. Measuring the circulate of Time strains the improvement of tradition heritage in American archaeology by way of offering a unmarried reference for all of Ford's writing on chronology. It chronicles the formation of 1 of an important instruments for realizing the prehistory of North the United States and exhibits its lasting relevance.